Soaring from the Western Europe, Austria Card is known by far for its innovative yet remarkable products, be it in the payment or the ID sector. Continuously conquering the world of contactless, Austria Card has made its presence known & felt by its great movement, especially with the dual interface cards which serves as a pace setter among many countries.

There has been a newly renewed outburst of interest in biometrics in the cards industry and how it can be applied to cards to enhance security & ease of use. Biometric scanners come in different shapes and sizes and also differing in technologies on the card body part. 

The increase intention in ID card and e-Document forgery may seem to be getting out of hand recently, especially when criminals are going up and beyond, to achieve their goals by attacking the weaknesses in the personalisation process itself. There are many ways to increase security measures on an ID card which includes but not limited to laser engraving, lamination overlay and more. 

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04 February 2015

A recent survey conducted by Compass Plus has revealed that consumer trust in newer payment methods has declined significantly in the last year. However, despite this lack of trust, the results also demonstrate that consumers are still increasing the breadth of channels they use to make payments. The survey, in which 650 UK residents answered questions about their banking and payments habits, found that 71.3% of respondents believed mobile payments to be the least secure payment method. The results show that whilst the number of people making mobile payments has increased, nearly double the amount of people perceive the mobile device to be the least secure when compared to the 2013 Compass Plus survey results (38%). Contactless payments with contactless cards (46.8%) remained solidly in in second place (41.7% in 2013) on the list of the perceived least secure ways to pay. For the third consecutive year, cash was seen as the most secure (72.6%), and over the last year trust in debit and credit card payments on both the high street and over Internet increased by over 20%, in some cases doubling the respective figures from 2013. This illustrates that whilst the majority of consumers feel that certain payment methods are not as secure as others, when given the option they will still choose to use them if they offer convenience, though not nearly to the same frequency as the more trusted options.

29 January 2015

UnionPay International and Bank Mandiri jointly signed a MOU in Jakarta recently, agreeing to launch UnionPay card acceptance in all ATMs under the bank, and further discuss co-operation on UnionPay card issuance on the local market and online payment, and expand the acceptance of UnionPay cards. Shi Wenchao, President of China UnionPay, and Rico Ustavia Frans, Senior EVP of Bank Mandiri, were present at the ceremony. Over the recent years, more and more Chinese people travelled to Jakarta, Bali Island and other places in Indonesia and China has also become Indonesia’s largest trade partner and tourist source country as well as one of the major destinations for Indonesian students to study abroad. UnionPay cards can now be conveniently used in Indonesia and will be accepted by over 40% of the local ATMs after this cooperation. In addition, UnionPay cards can also be used for purchases in duty-free shops, restaurants, hotels and other places frequently visited by tourists. Shi Wenchao said China and Indonesia have witnessed closer relationship in trade and personnel exchanges with the implementation of the “Maritime Silk Road” strategy. By seizing this opportunity, UnionPay is proactively pushing forward the expansion of the scope of co-operation and the deepening of relationship among all parties in Indonesia in respect of the bank card industry and UnionPay card services. Moreover, UnionPay is also accelerating the development of UnionPay card services in an innovative manner to better serve UnionPay cardholders and support the development of the bank card industry in Indonesia.

29 January 2015

WAY4 Host Card Emulation software supports cloud technology specified by Visa and provides value-added financial services for customer attraction and engagement via mobile. WAY4 HCE allows banks to issue virtual cards on a phone instantly. In this way a bank can make an existing card NFC-enabled on a smartphone, issue a mobile copy of a lost card, or create a new card while the plastic version is in production. To support the service, WAY4 provides the bank with a cloud where all security data elements are stored and available for authorisation. Moving the security element from the SIM card to the cloud means removal of the need for an intermediary between the bank and the merchant, such as a mobile operator or another TSM. As a result, the project to launch the NFC service is simple and quick with lower costs. Using this solution, a bank can save on issuing plastic, restoring lost cards, and delivering cards. The service improves a customer experience, increasing client loyalty and strengthening the bank’s brand.

28 January 2015

AdvanIDe announced it has expanded its senior management team and reorganised operations to strengthen growth opportunities in established and emerging market segments for secure access, secure identity, and secure transaction solutions. As part of the reorganisation, industry veteran Joe Lo has joined AdvanIDe as segment head for the company’s new Secure ID & Transactions business, operating out of the company’s Singapore headquarters office. Holger Winterhalter, previously AdvanIDe’s head of line management, will be segment head for the newly created Secure Access business segment. “These are important growth markets for AdvanIDe,” Joe Lo said. “Our sharpened focus on those vertical markets will enable AdvanIDe to build on our strengths in RFID transponder, chip card, reader and terminal components so that we can deliver the specialised expertise and comprehensive portfolio offerings that our customers require.” As the head of AdvanIDe’s new Secure Access segment, Winterhalter will be responsible for expanding business opportunities in the access management and control, automated fare collection, object identification, embedded NFC, industrial and related sectors.

27 January 2015

Designed to satisfy the needs for fast and intuitive reading of linear and 2D barcodes on phones, tablets or paper with the newer demands for contactless reading of NFC-enabled devices and smart cards, the new ATR110 is the perfect blend of form and function. Robust, compact and sealed against water and dust the ATR110 has been designed to deliver many years of frontline operation in a wide range of environments including pole mounting on buses, trams and trains or desktop mounting for ticketing and gate/barrier entry. The device is designed to read all popular linear, PDF417 and 2D barcode symbologies, including QR and Aztec codes, from smartphones, tablets and printed paper documents. The ATR110’s advanced recognition barcode imager is omnidirectional and has near-zero latency. It captures barcodes within a fraction of a second of presentation in any orientation, making it ideal for processing large numbers of customers quickly, many of whom may be novice users and in a hurry. Optionally, the device will also support mobile ticketing and mobile wallet payment systems for NFC-enabled smartphones and tablets, as well as process smartcards and contactless bank cards.

22 January 2015

SecureRF announced the availability of the LIME Tag NX01, a secure NFC tag that utilises Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) technology to deliver identification and authentication solutions that require no database or Internet connectivity when performing an authentication. The ‘passive’ NX01 does not require a battery or other external power source and is available as an inlay, card, or chip for integration into existing products, labels or tags. The PKI security features address a wide range of commercial applications including credentials, product and brand protection, ticketing, and other high value transactions. The LIME Tag NX01 provides a dual interface option for both contact and contactless deployment. Both interfaces, ISO7816 and ISO14443, are supported when using the contact power mode. The NX01 can be used as a contactless card or tag too. In contactless mode, the NX01 can be used with most NFC-enabled smartphones or readers and is supported by SecureRF’s Veridify Smartphone App, which in addition to authentication, can provide visual verification, location, and messaging features. The LIME Tag NX01 is suitable for credentials and authentication solutions including item-level brand protection and anti-counterfeiting for pharmaceutical, spirits, electronics and fashion products.

20 January 2015

ELITT received the EMVCo Level 1 accreditation for cards and mobile phones. ELITT continues expanding its offer to the French and international manufacturers, enabling them to certify payment cards and mobile phones they produce before being placed on the market. This two-year effort results in dual accreditation which complements MasterCard card accreditation obtained in 2014 by ELITT. As for cards, the EMVCo accreditation covers Level 1 analog and Level 1 digital for contactless products;  Level 1 electric and Level 1 protocol for contact products. As for mobile phones, the EMVCo accreditation covers Level 1 analog and Level 1 digital for contactless products. ELITT strengthens its ability to support companies across all certifications for terminals, cards (contact  and contactless) and mobile. ELITT is already working on getting EMVCo accreditation for PPSE / AAUL. “This certification is doubly important for ELITT. Firstly, it is the first certification obtained in the field of mobile payment. Secondly, it emanates from EMVCo, a standard expected to gradually replace payment schemes regarding mobile phone assessments. ELITT thus strengthens its expertise at the service of industry in France and abroad,” comments Jean-Pierre Dubord, ELITT’s COO.

20 January 2015
HID Global issued its outlook on technology trends for 2015, as well as other anticipated developments across key vertical industries in the secure identity marketplace. The annual assessment is intended to help organisations understand and take advantage of the latest advances to improve security, convenience and the user experience. “This past year laid the foundation for what we expect to be an exciting 2015 for our customers and partners as they continue to benefit from the flexibility, adaptability and new capabilities made possible with award-winning SEOs technology,” said Selva Selvaratnam, SVP and Chief Technology Officer with HID Global. Driving new capabilities across markets are a set of six key technology trends that Selvaratnam has identified, which includes increased innovation fuelled by interoperable technologies that enable partners to build new solutions (secure print authentication, EV charging station access, and more) that can be accessed with the same smart card or smartphone used to open doors, the adoption of new credential form factors, additional ways to open doors and other entrance systems, advances in how to manage identities, using biometrics to help change security from a barrier to a guardrail and the growing popularity of interconnected devices and the Internet of Things (IoT), where Wi-Fi locks, RFID-enabled devices, online hotel locks, and mobile keys are all connected ways of interacting or capturing data for the benefit of companies or consumers.
15 January 2015

MasterCard has accredited TÜV SÜD Product Service to provide type approval testing and certification of MasterCard Contactless Readers v3.0. TÜV SÜD has invested over USD150,000 (GBP100,000) in the new service. This includes a robot that simulates how a card would be used by a purchaser in a contactless transaction by physically presenting tests cards and mobile devices against payment terminals multiple times. TÜV SÜD already manages MasterCard’s Global Terminal Quality Management (TQM) programme, approving Quality Management System in place for Level 1 products by performing factory audits of terminal manufacturers across the world. Jean-Louis Evans, MD of TÜV SÜD Product Service said, “Our investment in becoming an accredited testing lab for MasterCard contactless readers builds on our in-depth experience within the payments industry. We can support manufacturers across Europe with a testing service that ensures reliability of their terminal and minimises time to market for their new products in this competitive space.”

15 January 2015

StarChip announced the addition of a new generation of controllers intended for SIM/USIM/M2M applications. The SCFXXXI series is the third generation of StarChip controllers optimised through enhanced design features providing tremendous cost-savings. These devices bring the best power, cost, and performance trade-off to the Telecom market. The SCF400I is designed to aggressively tackle 3G Java applications that require more powerful, cost-effective and energy-efficient chips. It will be followed by many other devices, under qualification or development, which will cover the demands of 2G, 4G LTE and NFC applications. Based on CORTUS APS3cd 32‐bit Harvard RISC architecture, the SCF400I achieves 25MIPS at 25MHz, providing very fast execution of Java code. The optimisation of the instruction set makes the APS3cd well suited for applications demanding high-speed data processing. The SCF400I, as well as the other SCFXXXI series, is designed using high-performance embedded SuperFlash from SST that maximise the device capabilities to accommodate the growing demand for high speed high capacity memory. Besides, the embedded flash into SCF400I, enhanced by E3 (ECUBE), provides robust data retention with several hundred millions cycles for the best endurance performance in the SIM market.